We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
BRANDON WOODRUFF – RHP
THE NUMBERS: Woodruff made eight starts for the Brewers in 2017, going 2-3 with a 4.81 earned run average. He worked 43 innings, racking up 32 strikeouts while walking 14 and opposing hitters finished the season batting .259 against him.
SEASON REVIEW: Milwaukee’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016, Woodruff opened up the 2017 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and he pitched well in a tough environment, earning a promotion to Milwaukee in mid-June. Woodruff suffered an injury while warming up for his big league debut and promptly landed on the disabled list before ever throwing a pitch. After rehabbing the injury, Woodruff re-joined the Brewers in August and finally made his MLB debut on August 4th.
With a three-pitch mix that features a 95 mph fastball, a hard slider and a changeup, Woodruff is a groundball pitcher who keep the ball down and can work deep into ballgames. He made eight starts for the Brewers over the final two months of the season and put up decent numbers, ending the year with an ERA of 4.81 and a WHIP of 1.33.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Woodruff made his long-awaited Brewers debut in Tampa on August 4th and proved to be worth the wait, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings as the Brewers shutout the Rays by a score of 2-0. He scattered seven hits and recorded six strikeouts as the Brewers took the opening game of their series in Tampa.
OVERALL GRADE: Incomplete
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: Woodruff got his first taste of MLB action in 2017 and should play an even bigger role for the Brewers in 2018. With Jimmy Nelson sidelined, Woodruff becomes even more crucial as he will likely be one of the team’s starting five hurlers heading into Opening Day. Woodruff has continually excelled at each level and with more experience in the big leagues, he could turn into a solid number two starter for Milwaukee down the road.